3rd Corstorphine Festival  May 27th – June 1st

This article will also appear in the Corstorphine Grapevine

Following two very successful Corstorphine Festivals this year’s event is going to be bigger and better. The week will begin on Sunday 27th May  with a Family Event on the green in front of Corstorphine Old Parish Church. There will be a treasure hunt, BBQ, dance workshops, Mr Bubbles and a family ceilidh starting at 1.00 and all FREE (except BBQ). Corstorphine Hill and Walled garden will also be open that afternoon from 2.00 – 4.00

On Monday there will be a talk by Dr Forbes Howie about Edinburgh Zoo’s panda breeding programme. This will take place  in Corstorphine Hub. On Tuesday there will be a Magic Show in Corstorphine Parish Church Hall. Wednesday is going to be a very busy evening with a musical event in St Thomas Church featuring local school choirs and bands. In Corstorphine Hub there will be a book and film event with local authors and film makers. Corstorphine Trust will be opening The Dower House  to the public and  will doing a  Heritage Guided Walk round Corstorphine.   On Thursday in Corstorphine Inn there will be another Community Quiz. Friday afternoon in Corstorphine Hub there will be a drama  workshop  for under 8 year olds with Licketysplit. In the evening Corstorphine Art Group would like to welcome anyone to their class to learn some techniques with charcoal.

Throughout the week there will be ‘Come & Try’ events – gentle exercise classes, line dancing, Men’s Shed, craft, knitting and crocheting, walking and cycling for older people.  Energise Health Club at Edinburgh Park will be running an aquafit and gym class for older people and an open afternoon. Transport can be provided from Corstorphine Hub. Corstorphine will again be decorated with knitting which made everyone smile last year.  To get the week off with a fizz why not come along and join the organising committee for cocktails in Winston’s Pub in Kirk Loan on Friday 25th May. Most events are FREE. (except where refreshments are being offered)

For more details contact Caroline Anderson on 07929839702 or by e-mail corstorphinefestival@gmail.com. Full programmes will be out soon. Look out for more info on posters which will all over Corstorphine. Check out CYCC & CPH websites and Facebook pages.

Swing 2018 – What a Fabulous Success

Following a most successful evening enjoyed by everyone on Saturday 17th February, Doreen and Colvin Anderson have generously donated the whole of the evening’s takings.

The Corstorphine Hall Rebuild Fund benefited by £2,131.

A terrific gesture and we would also like to thank all the people who assisted in making the evening such a fabulous success.

Revised Charity Status

IMPORTANT NEWS – In future the organisation will be known as Corstorphine Community Centre, it is now registered as a SCIO, charity number SC046009.
As a SCIO anyone who works/volunteers/lives or studies in the area can become a member. Please contact us for a membership application (NO CHARGE) and become involved in directing the project to a satisfactory conclusion.

As part of moving forward we have a short survey, which can be completed at the following this link. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CYCCHub

We need as many replies as possible.

An Evening of Song

On Saturday 14th October The Corstorphine Trust held a Fundraising Event “An Evening of Song” in aid of the Corstorphine Public Hall Rebuild Campaign.
Songs from Musicals and a selection of easy listening were provided by Cailean McLean and Jenni Herbert (both of whom were brought up in Corstorphine and although they have moved away were keen to support the rebuilding of a Corstorphine icon).
The audience enjoyed a superb evening of entertainment by two talented singers and also enjoyed the tasty home baking provided by Corstorphine Trust Folk Club supporters.
The CPHR Group are grateful to both performers and everyone from Corstorphine Trust involved in the organisation of this enjoyable event which raised £780. There have been several requests from people who attended for a repeat performance.

The Torphin CPHR Card

We are now being supported by The Torfin Bar, Restaurant & Grill.
The Torfin are operating a support card scheme where people using the card will have 10% of their food bill donated to the CPHR appeal. The Torfin also has a “CPH Burger” on their menu and will donate £2 to CPHR for each burger purchased.
Cards are available from the Corstorphine Hub or various local organisations. People using the card must pre book their table .
The Torfin opened for business on 28th Sept and are taking bookings now, please remember to use a CPHR card when you eat at this new restaurant.

Recent Events

  1. Please find >attached< the answer sheet for the Scottish quiz which was organised by Corstorphine WI.
    Our thanks again to the Corstorphine WI for their continued support to the Rebuild Campaign and the several donations they have made as an organisation to our fundraising efforts.
  2. Thanks also to Doreen Robertson for her kind donation of her original painting of Corstorphine Old Parish Church and to Corstorphine Art Group who sold it by silent auction at their recent Exhibition held in St Ninian’s Church Hall. This raised £50.
    A print of this painting has also been made into a greetings card and is on sale at a cost of £1.50 from Corstorphine Hub and Corstorphine Old Parish Church.
  3. Our thanks to all involved in a recent sponsored run benefiting our Rebuild Campaign.
  4. And thanks to Elaine Stewart for her continuing support to CPHR by taking on Pet Portrait commissions. This is an excellent fundraiser for CPHR as Elaine donates 100% of her fee to the campaign. If you are thinking of getting a pet portrait done please consider using Elaine. For more details click >here<

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Community Spirit – It’s what makes a place worth living in

By John Barrett, former, local Member of Parliament and Corstorphine Councillor

With the horrifying images of the tower block in London on TV every day, it makes me think of how close we were locally to a real tragedy, when the Corstorphine Public Hall went up in flames some time ago. I watched on that day as the Fire Fighters battled the smoke and flames.
Fortunately, the children’s holiday club was evacuated in plenty of time and everyone was led out safely. At the end of the day, all that was left of the hall was a burned out shell, but luckily nobody was killed or even injured.
A decision was taken by the community to build a bigger better hall, with more facilities for the young and old and to new building standards, to ensure fire would not burn down the building, as it sadly did some years ago. To build a hall fit for the next 100 years, in same way that the old hall had served us all for the last 100 years. All this however will cost more money than the fire insurance settlement provided.
What is needed now is for the entire community to rally round and raise the amount needed to fill that gap and complete the building of the new hall.
Can we do it? Do we have the Community Spirit to do this? Yes we do!
There are now diggers on site and the work has begun. I hope our community now pulls together, like those other communities elsewhere hit by far worse tragedies, and builds a hall and community centre, where everyone can come together and use the new facilities. A new heart for our community.
Every home in Corstorphine will receive a Newsletter detailing exactly what is needed and how to respond. We must now all pull together to finish the work that has been started. If you can help, phone me on 0780 1057 446.
Please do not leave it to others; they might be leaving it to you.


June 2017 – Clearance work has commenced on-site.
Demolishing the wall on Saughton Road North was required for machine access, however this will be rebuilt when construction is complete. The contractor will clear the site and provide a façade retention scaffold.

Building Warrant issued by City Of Edinburgh Council.

PRESS RELEASE – Festival Week
28th May-3rd June 2017


Please find below our press release for our 2017 Festival. We would be very grateful if you could please help our efforts to gain publicity and support for our Festival Week.

If you need any further information, our website is www.corstorphine-youth-and-community-centre.co.uk

You are invited!
The Corstorphine Festival 2017- 28 May to 3 June
Family fun and frolics, arts and craft sessions and even a gin night

23 May 2017: This weekend (28 May) sees the start of the week long Corstorphine Festival which takes place until 3 June. Much of Corstorphine will be dressed to impress, lavished in beautiful knitted articles – yarn bombed!
Daily activities will take place at a range of venues across Corstorphine. Locals and visitors to the area can choose from events such as – family magic shows, craft sessions, guided walks and a gin night.
There will be plenty of activities for the young and young at heart including Movement & Exercise and a guided bike ride both for the over 60s. Little ones will love the Family Treasure Hunt followed by a BBQ and the finale event will be a Family Fun Day on Saturday (3 June) at St Margaret’s Park. Activities here include pony rides, pipe band and dance shows as well as firm favourites like tombola and a giant bouncy castle.
Organised by Corstorphine Youth & Community Centre and Corstorphine Public Hall. The festival hopes to augment the community life in Corstorphine and raise much needed funds for the rebuild of the Corstorphine Public Hall which was devastated by a fire in 2013.
For more information on the Corstorphine Festival, please visit www.corstorphine-youth-and-community-centre.co.uk or visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cyc.centre.phoenix.project/

For press information contact:

Caroline Anderson 07580 659676 cyc.centre@googlemail.com
Ken Cadogan 07710 476218 kencadogan44@gmail.com



Charles Smith
Project Worker
The Hub
191 St John’s Road
EH12 7SL

2nd Corstorphine Festival Week
28th May to 3rd June 2017


Corstorphine Public Hall and Corstorphine Youth and Community Centre are combining forces to arrange the 2nd Annual Corstorphine Festival Week.
This week of activities will happen from Sunday May 28th until Saturday 3rd June at several locations throughout Corstorphine.

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The week will culminate with a Family Fun Day in St Margaret’s Park.

It is hoped that individuals and organisations within Corstorphine will support this event by organising events or attending activities and performances. A number of events have already been agreed with many more in the pipeline.
Further information will be posted on both the CPHR and CYCC websites as it becomes available.


corstorphine yarn bombingOne of the activities which will be displayed throughout the week is a display of Yarn Bombing
Several individuals and groups of people are already beavering away to produce a pile of items for this event.
The more people who participate the wider the area we will be able to decorate.
We are appealing for any knitters, crochet or needleworkers who would be interested in participating in this fun event to contact Caroline at the phone number on the poster or pop into Corstorphine Hub, 191 St Johns Road and have a chat.

Please Contact Us if you require any further information.

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Donation News

Rotary Club of Corstorphine Donation

Corstorphine Public Hall Rebuild - Cheque Presentation
Corstorphine Public Hall Rebuild – Cheque Presentation

The Rotary Club of Corstorphine made a generous donation of £300 to CPHR at their February meeting.
The money was part of the money raised at the Rotary’s Christmas collection held at Corstorphine Tesco. The cheque was presented by Alec Stevenson, President of the Rotary Club of Corstorphine to David Sutherland, Treasurer of Corstorphine Public Hall Rebuild Group. David also gave an interesting and informative update on the progress of the rebuild task that was much enjoyed by the members.
Corstorphine Public Hall Rebuild are grateful to the continued support of the Corstorphine Rotary Club.

End of Year Update

Work to start rebuilding Corstorphine Public Hall in the New Year

As 2016 draws to a close, many people in Corstorphine and surrounding areas share my frustration that there has been no sign of any activity to date on the site of the burned out Corstorphine Public Hall, in Kirk Loan.
This has not been due to any lack of effort by the dedicated team of local volunteers who have been working with the architect’s team and many others; to settle the insurance claim, to consult with local groups and individuals about what will be required in any new hall and much more, including holding events and raising vital funds to help fill the gap that still exists, in order to build the new improved hall.
Fortunately, that work has produced a number of achievements. The fundraising thermometer on the hoarding around the hall shows that there is now well over £1 million pounds in the bank to start the work and planning permission and all building warrants to commence the construction of the new hall have at last been granted. Work is now ready to commence clearing the site early in the New Year.
The neighbouring property, where the fire started, was for sale and now has new owners. Discussions are taking place to ensure that the planned rebuild of the Public Hall can proceed in co-operation with the proposals for the neighbouring building.
Many people have already supported the project and another announcement about financial support from the community will be made when the Corstorphine Christmas Tree lights are switched on in early December. I hope to see you there on the village green.
Looking forward to 2017, it is now more important than ever that everyone in the area, or anyone with connections to the community, pulls together to help in any way possible – to make the 2017 fund-raising appeal a great success and to allow the dream of a much improved new hall to be realised.
You can help in a number of ways. Don’t leave it to others, they might be leaving it to you, and together we will be able to see a new hall rise from the ashes in 2017. People are needed to deliver the Fundraising Campaign Newsletter. If you can deliver a street or two in your local area, we would love to hear from you. Donations, large and small are always welcome to fill that funding gap and to make a hall with facilities for the future that we can all be proud of.
For more information have a look around the website or you can simply phone Tommy McLean on 07851 116939 who will be able to answer any questions you have. Or feel free to pop into visit our temporary base at The Corstorphine Hub at 191 St. John’s Road, EH12 7SL.
Finally I would like to wish everyone who has helped support the project so far, or who will hopefully help in the year ahead, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2017.

John Barrett (former local Member of Parliament and Corstorphine Councillor)

Merry Christmas

Corstorphine Christmas Tree Lighting

Good News

Donation from Corstorphine Fair

corstorphine public hall newsThe Corstorphine Public Hall Rebuild Group (CPHR) has just received confirmation from the Corstorphine Fair Committee that they are making a £4,000 donation to the Rebuild fund. This is very welcome news and it is heartening to receive such a strong endorsement from another important Corstorphine organisation.

The Corstorphine Fair has become an integral part of the Community life of Corstorphine over the past 35 years and the Corstorphine Public Hall has been the venue for many Corstorphine Fair events over that time.

The cheque presentation will be made on the 1st December at the Christmas Tree Lights Switch On at Corstorphine Old Parish Church and it would great to see a good crowd at this event to support the Corstorphine Fair Committee and all their efforts to support the community spirit of Corstorphine.

The Fair Committee have also agreed that CPHR can take a fundraising collection at the event.

Tommy McLean
Fundraising Coordinator Corstorphine Public Hall Rebuild

Statement from Forbes Howie, Chairperson Corstorphine Fair

The Corstorphine Fair Committee are delighted to be in a position to donate £4,000 towards
Corstorphine Public Hall Rebuild. Since the fire, the local community have sorely missed the Corstorphine Public Hall, a fantastic resource used by numerous community groups and individuals over the years, including the Fair Committee.
Therefore this community group fully supports the efforts of a fellow community group and wishes them all the best in their mission to get the Corstorphine Public Hall up and running once more.

Link to Corstorphine Fair’s Facebook page


Planning permission granted for the Public Hall Rebuild

WE STILL NEED £500,000
Although nothing appears to be happening on-site be assured that behind the scenes a lot of detailed and necessary work has and is being accomplished by an enthusiastic team, including volunteers and the architect, to move the renovation of Corstorphine Public Hall steadily forward.
Preparations and the building’s basic restoration will commence shortly using insurance money and funds raised to date. The team however still needs lots of local support, particularly with the task of fundraising to enhance the restored building so that it is easily accessible for all whilst also fitted out with modern facilities.
This will enable the relaunch and expansion of the dozens of local groups, old and young, to meet again in a fit-for-purpose building.
To restore a vital facility to the heart of Corstorphine, we need your help. Keep an eye out for our appeal “fundometer” on the front of the burned-out hall that indicates the fundraising position. Any help would be much appreciated and there are a number of ways you can donate.
PS The “For Sale” sign is related to the neighbouring building and has nothing to do with the Public Hall.


Almost from the start it has been thought that the rebuild would have to happen in phases, and it is encouraging now to be able to say that we now have around 2/3rds of the funding necessary to carry out phases 1 & 2.

This means we have £1,200,000 in hand, and around £500,000 still to raise. A dedicated committee is steering this fundraising campaign and we hope you can help us reach our target!


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